Jennie's Reviews > Griftopia: Bubble Machines, Vampire Squids, and the Long Con That Is Breaking America

Griftopia by Matt Taibbi
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Aug 30, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: politics, economics, liberal, recession, non-fiction
Recommended to Jennie by: coworker
Recommended for: anyone
Read from August 30 to September 22, 2011 — I own a copy

If you read any book about the Great Recession, read Griftopia. Unlike a lot of authors that pull punches, Taibbi isn't afraid to get down and dirty and name names. Justifiably angry (his chapter on that charlatan Alan Greenspan is titled "The Biggest Asshole in the Universe") but self-reflective (the author recants his previous support of Obama and admits he was taken in by his campaign marketing), Griftopia is not only an inside look at the recession, but the machinations of power and influence responsible for everything from the housing bubble, the sky-high gas prices, the absurd corporate-backed movement known as the Tea Party, and the toothless healthcare "reform".

Taibbi is a gifted journalist, writing candidly about extremely complicated economic cons in way that is both approachable without being dry or too pedantic. His columns in the Rolling Stone are also not to be missed for up-to-date coverage of the latest financial and federal shenanigans.

Extremely highly recommended to anyone not exactly clear about the particulars behind gas price hikes, Obama's capitulations to banking and insurance, the housing bubble, spikes in food prices, and why exactly Washington is full of criminals and morons.
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